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New Rooftop Bars to Visit Before Summer is Gone

Ritz-Carlton The Dec Rooftop Bar

As summer temperatures remain sweltering, rooftop bars continue to be a favorite activity of Chicagoans. Here are some new rooftops joints you should be sure to check out while summer is still here:

Many are surprised to find out that Little Goat (820 W. Randolph St.), Stephanie Izzard’s  followup to The Girl and the Goat, has a roof deck. The roof can be a little hard to find (ask for it), and is usually fairly low-key but it does have a outdoor bar on the weekends. Little Goat’s sandwiches and burgers put a gourmet spin on American bar staples, and their beer selection, while not extensive, is eclectic enough to please most connoisseurs. You can look through the one-of-a-kind menu, here.

The new John Barleycorn location in River North (149 W. Kinzie St.) doesn’t quite put you on the roof, but the upper level does offer a retractable glass roof that offers unbeatable views of the skyline. You can take a virtual tour of the premises, here.

The dec rooftop bar at the Ritz-Carlton (160 E. Pearson St.) is definitely an experience. Twelve floors above the Magnificent Mile, this upscale lounge has neon-lighted tables, outdoor fireplaces, and even a color-changing wall installation. Though the prices reflect these accommodations, dec definitely deserves at least one visit, so you can find out what all the buzz is about. Find some pictures, here.

Seen them all? Looking for more? See Chicago Magazine’s ranking of the best rooftop bars has 11 more.

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